HDR Light Studio Blog
March 7th, 2014
The Octane Render for MODO beta has now begun.
I took Octane for a spin in MODO and was delighted to discover that HDR Light Studio worked out of the box because Octane can use the MODO environment for its environment lighting too! Yay! I was able to use LightPaint in the MODO viewport to place lights and see the lighting update in an instant in Octane. I have a pretty decent consumer grade graphics card (GTX780) and it was soooo fast!! I was able to take my existing watch demo scene setup for the MODO renderer, and add the Octane materials all within half an hour…. without reading the manual too. So the integration is very intuitive and easy to use, and I found myself really having some fun using it. The quality of the image I was creating was really great and depth of field noise resolved really fast. I’m looking forward to having another play, maybe with a car model next time.
The beauty of HDR Light Studio is that your lighting will work with any renderer as it’s all coming from a HDRI map – it’s the only truly portable lighting format. As new renderers come to MODO we look forward to supporting them too!
Do check out Octane for MODO at the Otoy website: http://render.otoy.com/shop/modo_plugin.php
March 3rd, 2014
It was great to hear from HDR Light Studio user Richard Levene, at Recom Farmhouse New York, about their role in the Ford Mustang teaser images.
“Recom Farmhouse had the privilege to work on the teaser images for the upcoming release of the new Ford Mustang model. In combination with agency Team Detroit and photographer Uli Heckmann, we created a collection of images with a mixture of CGI and traditional photography. For the images with CGI cars, HDR Light Studio was used extensively in the lighting process with VRED, from previs lighting on set with the photographer to the refined lighting for the final renders. The lighting was kept pretty natural using a HDRI captured on location, with an extra light or two to boost the sun contribution or to bring up a specific detail on the car. HDR Light Studio’s ‘LightPaint’ feature let us place the lights exactly where needed. We can’t live without it now!” says Richard.
What’s interesting about this customer’s story is that HDR Light Studio is being used to place only small modifications to the HDRI lighting captured on location – but those small enhancements, precisely placed, are making all the difference to the dynamic visual quality of the final images. Being able to make these creative lighting edits to your HDRI map on the fly, whilst in a live connection with your interactive render session, is what HDR Light Studio is all about. Read more
February 25th, 2014
Newtek LightWave3D users can now enjoy live lighting sessions with HDR Light Studio – for the real-time creation and editing of HDRI maps with instant feedback in the VPR view.
HDR Light Studio adds an exciting new way to light your shots in LightWave 3D that’s: easy, fast, creative, and produces stunning final results. Simply click on the LightWave viewport, even in VPR mode or an Octane Live view, to position your lights where you want them directly on your shot, with instant visual feedback. This point and click lighting approach will revolutionize your rendering workflow – saving time and improving your renders.
“It’s exciting to see HDR Light Studio go to market with its new Live Connection plug-in for LightWave—the first designed to directly support LightWave’s VPR,” said Rob Powers, president, LightWave 3D Group. “By offering an interactive, real-time lighting tool that takes advantage of the power of the VPR in LightWave, artists are free to easily explore different image-based lighting scenarios. Image based lighting was a first in LightWave; it creates very realistic and subtle lighting of a scene. HDR Light Studio’s ability to tap into the VPR to extend image-based editing makes it an essential tool for any LightWave artist.”
December 20th, 2013
This post is a little late…. but a quick note to let you know that Arion 2.5 Standalone now supports a live connection with HDR Light Studio 4 – providing real-time HDRI map creation and editing. We are really pleased that Random Control has added support for our lighting tool inside their amazing hybrid renderer. Do check out their web site to find out more about Arion.
Here’s a demo video produced by Random Control:
December 17th, 2013
Jomar Machado has produced this stunning image for Shell’s 2014 Calendar. He created the shot using 3ds Max and Mental Ray to render the truck, car and motorbike. The vehicles were lit entirely with HDR Light Studio, used to enhanced an existing HDRI map to perfectly shape the lighting and reflections for a more dynamic final image with an illustrative style.
Jomar used the new HDR Light Studio live connection with 3ds Max to push his 3ds Max scene into HDR Light Studio, where the LiveLight preview window was used to position additional lights onto the HDRI map using the ‘point and click’ light placement tool – LightPaint. Jomar could easily and artistically place highlights and reflections to really sell the 3D form of his model and create the perfect lighting rig. Because the shot was lit entirely with a single HDRI map, then 3ds Max was able to render the final image too!
Here you can see some screen shots of the model loaded into HDR Light Studio’s LiveLight window.
…. and here’s the final shot comped together in Photoshop.
Additional image credits: Art Director – Victor de Castro, Creative – Raul Fernandes
If you are impressed with this new way to light your scene and enhance HDRI maps in 3ds Max – check out the HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max web page for more details and example images.
December 13th, 2013
The best part of developing creative software is when our customers share their artwork with us. Some images are a cut above the rest and take the quality bar to a higher level, and this is one of those cases. These images by PK3D Studio are absolutely stunning and show how computer generated imagery can truly be a replacement for photography.
PK3D Studio has been using HDR Light Studio with V-Ray for 3ds Max since version 1. It has become the main lighting tool for Piotr’s work in V-Ray. He only reaches for V-Ray 3D light sources once he has the main lighting accomplished using HDR Light Studio.
Here are some words from Piotr about the project:
All the models are NURBS/CAD models delivered by the agency, so I didn’t have too much work to do with them besides setting the mesh resolution and only few areas/parts were remodeled because of issues with the meshes after conversion to polygonal structure. Basically I start with the camera angles preparation; once they were approved I started preparing the lighting. It is always the most exciting part as you constantly have visual effect of the changes every time you update the lights in HDR Light Studio. HDR Light Studio always saves me a lot of time in the lighting process in 3ds Max. The software has got faster and more intuitive with every update, I really like how LightPaint works, making it possible to get reflections on every small corner/edge with one click.
I still use the LiveLight real-time renderer inside HDR Light Studio for designing my lighting, as it is faster than using V-Ray RT and lighting the final scene with all materials and textures etc. The geometry and cameras are exporting perfectly from 3ds Max using the .mi format. Usually it takes around 3-6 test renders before the lighting is complete, the rest is done in postproduction.
Please do enjoy these beautiful images and if you want to light your V-Ray for 3ds Max shots faster and to this level of quality, find out more about HDR Light Studio’s live connection to 3ds Max here.
Scene is pushed into HDR Light Studio and lighting is developed with real-time feedback in LiveLight window
Here are the final results:
December 13th, 2013
We are so pleased that Brendan McCaffrey shared some of his latest work with us, lit with HDRI maps created with HDR Light Studio, and rendered in V-Ray for 3ds Max. These images are stunning!
Brendan said “I have been using HDR Light Studio for the last couple of years and it’s my constant companion. I recently completed a large product packaging project and used HDR Light Studio throughout. The headphone images are a sample of the 200+ images and animations I created and not a single 3D light was used! Models were all CAD data from the manufacturer apart from the soft parts that I modelled. All images were rendered at about 10k-18k pixels”
Here are just some of the images lit with HDRI maps in V-Ray for 3ds Max that he shared, you can see more of his stunning work at: www.bmcaff.com
If you have been inspired by Brendan’s shots, why not check out HDR Light Studio’s live connection with 3ds Max here.
December 9th, 2013
V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino is released today, and Lightmap are pleased to announce this latest version adds native support for a live connection with HDR Light Studio. Chaos Group and Lightmap have worked closely to develop a deep level of integration between our products, providing a great user experience – including our LightPaint ‘point and click’ light placement directly in the Rhino viewport. So now V-Ray for Rhino users can light their shots easier and faster than ever before with perfect final results. Read more
December 9th, 2013
HDR Light Studio 4.3 has been released today and is available for immediate download from the Lightmap store.
This new version adds compatibility with Mac OSX Mavericks, adds new API functions required for future ‘live plug-ins’ and includes a new ‘online update’ feature to inform users when a new build of HDR Light Studio or it’s plug-ins are available to download.
A new license key is not required when updating. So users can simply install over the top of their existing installations. Remember to update any live plug-ins at the same time to ensure compatibility with 4.3.
Happy lighting from the Lightmap team!
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- Octane for MODO beta has begun!
- Recom Farmhouse – Mustang 2015 Launch
- HDR Light Studio launches LightWave3D live plug-in
- Arion 2.5 by Random Control – adds HDR Light Studio integration
- Jomar Machado lights up prestigious calendar with HDR Light Studio for 3ds Max
- PK3D Studio – Studio Lighting with V-Ray for 3ds Max
- Brendan McCaffrey – HDRI Lighting in ‘V-Ray for 3ds Max’
- V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino adds HDR Light Studio live connection
- HDR Light Studio 4.3 released
- Harniman Lights Up MG3 Spot
- HDR Light Studio – New Educational Pricing
- Black Friday Sale
- HDR Light Studio for MODO – Product Shot Lighting Tutorial
- Stunning Automotive Shots from MIGS FOTO
- MODO users are loving HDR Light Studio